He has always had issues with resource and space guarding, I’m afraid what I’m perceiving to be anxiety is making it worse. Basically when I’m done giving him over to my dad, he begins by growling while he’s still sitting and then proceeds to get up from where he was sitting on the couch and bark some more. Usually it stops at that and he goes back to where he was before. But tonight, he followed me around and wanted me definitely away from the area. Whenever I would call his name sternly, he would be back near me barking again.Oh, no, this is absolutely not normal and I don’t think it has anything to do with housebreaking.
But first, let’s address the 1-2 hours with your parents. How do you manage to watch him so he doesn’t have any accidents when he’s not with you ? I’m afraid he is far from reliable and this will only delay his training.
Then the lunging. Definitely a problem and it probably has to do with your energy and attitude towards him. Unless you are inadvertently hurting him. Can you describe when he becomes aggressive ? Is it when you want to bring him back to your room, or when you are handing him to your dad ? Please describe step by step how this happens. If you can, post a video too.
You can’t let this go on or you might have a serious problem on your hands, ie you might get bitten.
he does this whenever he sees a new person walk into the room as well. For example, I could be sitting in the kitchen and my brother walks in. He proceeds to bark for a second or two. He has bitten us before when we have tried picking him up against his wishes. I usually only pick him up when he signals me that he’s okay with it.
I’ve always known this is a separate issue to be dealt with, but I think it has definitely not gotten better during this process.